|I am sorry to disappoint you Shayne, but the post of “SOLO Anti-Vegetarian leader” has already been assumed by Mr Joseph Rowlands. I think you will admit that his credentials are quite impressive. :-)|
"I don't think one can properly condemn vegetarians outright..."
I agree and would hope that this was self-evident. That it is not might reflect the fact that the term “Vegetarian” has been hijacked by those advocates of “animal rights” amongst others. The unfortunate thing is that this hijacking has lead to people who are otherwise highly intelligent being mislead about what the term “vegetarianism” actually means, similar to how the terms libertarian, liberal, liberty and rights have been hijacked by various low life maggots.
Vegetarianism is the absence of meat, fish, and poultry in one’s diet. There is nothing evil, immoral, or irrational here. If one uses “animal rights” as the justification for vegetarianism, then game on. I will not stand in your way. I choose a vegetarian diet because I enjoy the food, the variety and the health benefits which I consider result from this choice. It is quite simple (although Lindsay has been known to testify to my being somewhat undernourished).
If our objective is to enjoy life, then we should choose a diet which helps us achieve this happiness, that which sustains our lives and minimises the chance that ill health will be visited upon us. This requires effort. There are many vegetarians and non-vegetarians (including Objectivists) whose appearance might suggest health problems based on diet. While it is their business, it does indicate that maintaining one’s health, requires more than just the subscription to any vegetarian, non-vegetarian school.
It is intellectually dishonest to claim that vegetarianism is associated with ill-health. It is even worse to buy into the propaganda and rhetoric of those who wish to hijack the term “vegetarian” for purposes one can rightfully label as “evil”.
Now, back to my search for an Objectivist Vegetarian girlfriend. :-)
(Edited by Julian Darby
on 3/08, 7:35am)